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Market commentary February 2017


23 February 2017

Lending in January was estimated to be £18.9 billion, up 2% on a year ago. First-time buy numbers continue to recover, while movers remain weak.

Lenders support Bill to appoint guardians for borrowers who go missing


21 February 2017

The CML supports the Guardianship (Missing Persons) Bill, which would allow the appointment of guardians to administer mortgages on behalf of borrowers who go missing.

Characteristics of London landlords


15 February 2017

The private rented sector is larger in London than the rest of the UK. Our recent survey examined how landlords in the capital differ from the rest of the country.

How do households view their housing wealth?


2 February 2017

Newly released CML research findings show significant differences by age in attitudes to drawing on housing equity.

Lenders support move to independent social housing regulator


30 January 2017

Lenders have provided more than £60 billion funding for social housing, and our submission last week supported moves to set up an independent regulator of the sector.

Market commentary January 2017


26 January 2017

Total lending for 2016 estimated at £246 billion, up 12% compared to 2015 and in line with our forecasts. Property transactions were only marginally higher in 2016, at 1.23 million.

Mission control: plotting the right course


25 January 2017

As the CML formally responds to the consultation by the Financial Conduct Authority on its future mission, CML director general Paul Smee sets out his views on the way ahead.

Won’t move? Can't move!


23 January 2017

House purchase numbers by movers have barely recovered since the financial crisis, and a low number of transactions pushes up prices and leads to inefficient use of the housing stock.

Fact check: Do lenders really oppose longer tenancies?


19 January 2017

Despite recent assertions, neither lenders nor the CML oppose longer tenancies. Shelter recently found that lenders responsible for half of buy-to-let lending allow tenancies of at least 24 months.

Market musings: Housing policy from across the pond


16 January 2017

CML market analyst Carla Sateriale looks at a novel approach to housing affordability for young people in the US.